Aspen Public Radio | By Aspen Public Radio Staff

Published June 4, 2022

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On Friday, Aspen lost another local legend, this time former Pitkin County Sheriff Bob Braudis.

Local legend and former Pitkin County Sheriff Bob Braudis passed away from natural causes at home in Aspen on Friday. He was 77.

Braudis, who served as sheriff for nearly 25 years, was known for his community-based, restorative-justice approach to law enforcement and for being a proponent for decriminalizing marijuana.

In the wake of Braudis’ passing, family, friends and colleagues have come together to share their stories of “the philosopher king of Aspen,” as his friend DJ Watkins called him.

Here are some stories about Braudis’ passing:

Aspen Times 

Community mourns passing of Aspen’s peace-loving, legendary lawman

Bob Braudis, former Pitkin sheriff, has died

Aspen Daily News 

Aspen bids farewell to its ‘philosopher king’

Former Sheriff Bob Braudis, an Aspen icon, passes away at 77

Here are some archived stories about Braudis:

Bob Braudis, Legends of Aspen Video Series

A Conversation Between Bob Braudis and Torre

Pitkin County’s Bob Braudis reflects on 24 years as sheriff

Pitkin County’s popular and unconventional sheriff ponders life after being lawman

A personal glimpse of a legendary persona

Former Pitkin County Sheriff Bob Braudis discusses interactions with Ted Bundy



Bob Braudis, former Pitkin sheriff, has died ~ THE ASPEN TIMES

News NEWS | June 3, 2022

Staff report

Bob Braudis, the former Pitkin County sheriff and county commissioner who left an indelible mark on local law enforcement and politics, died Friday morning.

Bob Braudis
Photo by Jim Paussa

Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo, acting as the Braudis family’s representative, confirmed Friday that Braudis passed around 4 to 5 a.m. from natural causes. He was 77.

“Just a brilliant, brilliant mind with the most fantastic memory,” DiSalvo said by phone from Cooperstown, New York, where he is visiting. “Every detail and name, he never struggled for names and was just a very, very special person with a huge heart as big as his frame. All of this sounds so corny and it’s true: He had a gigantic heart, and we’re all going to be affected by this for a while.”


Tribute/Fiesta for Bill Kees founder (along with Lito Tejada-Flores) of Telluride Mountain Film in 1979


Mountain Film program
Kees Fest speakers and roadies.. (L-R) Bob Newman, Mike Friedman-MC, Lito Tejada-Flores, ?, Susan Kees, Midnite, Josh Borof , Tim Kudo, Judy Kohin-MC, Mark Frankman on the Sheridan Opera House stage Saturday morning.

Art Goodtimes Kicks Off New Live Poetry Series At ArtWalk June 2nd


TELLURIDE… After a two-year hiatus due to Covid-19, live poetry is returning to town. The Telluride Institute’s Talking Gourds Poetry Program has teamed up with Telluride Arts to present an in-person outdoor reading series on ArtWalk’s first Thursday of each month this summer to be called Walking Talking Gourds. The first featured reader will be Art Goodtimes on the June 2nd ArtWalk event at 6:30 p.m. on the patio of the Sheridan Opera House’s Show Bar in the North Oak Street Park.

“We’re delighted to offer live performances again,” said Talking Gourds Co-Director

Emma Youngquist. “Walking Talking Gourds will showcase mostly local poets and

storytellers as an in-person complement to our Bardic Trails virtual zoom readings on

the first Tuesday of every month at the Wilkinson Public Library.” That series stars poets

from all over the country as featured readers


NEW ORLEANS — Since he was a teenager, Monk Boudreaux has been donning a Technicolor suit of beads and feathers and taking to the streets as a Mardi Gras Indian, shaking a tambourine and singing songs that have made him famous well beyond the streets of his Uptown neighborhood.

Boudreaux, 80, is big chief of the Golden Eagles, one of an estimated three dozen “tribes” of Black men and women across New Orleans who emerge every spring to show off their elaborate creations in a series of parades. It’s a tradition that dates back more than a century to when segregation barred Black residents from participating in the city’s parades.

“Nothing has stopped us, not even Katrina,” said Boudreaux, an elder of the tribes who is credited as one of the first Mardi Gras Indians to record music. His decade-spanning career has taken him around the world and earned him a Grammy nomination this year.

Monk Boudreaux, big chief of the Golden Eagles in New Orleans.

Members of the groups — also known as Black-masking Indians — design and sew their own elaborately beaded suits, which alternately pay homage to Native Americans who helped protect runaway slaves and celebrate African culture. The suits include patch-like elements sewn with thousands of tiny beads depicting historical figures and scenes, as well as intricate headdresses sewn with colorful plumes of feathers.

Even with round-the-clock sewing, many suits take upward of a year to create, a costly labor of devotion that has kept going despite all the challenges faced by New Orleans’ citizens.


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